All the Young – The Horizon
The Staffordshire quartet recently signed a major label deal with Warner Bros. With ‘The Horizon’, they are dead set on bringing back Britpop. It sounds like an Oasis B-side, alongside a stadium rock guitar solo. There’s nothing really original about them whatsoever, don’t be surprised if they are this year’s Viva Brother.
Birdy – 1901
Birdy is Jasmine van den Bogearde, a 15-year-old folk singer from Lymington. ‘1901’ is a piano cover of French band Phoenix’s song. She puts her own spin on the song, and with her impressive soulful voice, she could be the next breakout star of the ‘new folk’ movement.
The Black Keys – Gold on the Ceiling
Current band of the moment, The Black Keys hope to continue their recent escalated popularity, with ‘Gold on the Ceiling.’ The groovy T-Rex riffs and electro-synths indicate another stomping dancefloor hit is on the way for the Akron, Ohio duo, but is a vast departure from their blues-rock sound.
Chiddy Bang – Ray Charles
The Philadelphia hip-hop duo pay tribute to the soul legend, with this upbeat 50s-style homage. A vintage piano riff, a bouncy jazz soundtrack and a gospel choir, alongside their rap verses, it is a heartfelt and vibrant ode to the late star.
The Drums – Days
The latest track from the New Yorkers second album, Portmanteau, sees a divide between despondent melancholy and upbeat harmonies, continuing their usual mix of surf rock melody and pessimistic post-punk basslines. The simple catchy chorus will make it instantly memorable, whilst the melodies give off a summer vibe and adolescence.
Titus Andronicus – Upon Viewing Oregon’s Landscape with the Flood of Detritus
The rockabilly number continues from where the New Jersey left off on last album, The Monitor. A drunken gibberish of words, mixed with two repetitive fist-pump chants, “built to last” and “thrown away”, and a melodic lo-fi guitar sound, that sounds like it was recorded back in an old-timey saloon. Or in other words, another great Titus Andronicus song.
Dry the River – The Chambers & The Valves
The new posters boys for the ‘new folk’ sound, the East Londoners’ debut album Shallow Bed, is one of the most anticipated of the year. “The Chambers & The Valves”, from the aforementioned album, is vibrant, uplifting and riddled with sunshine-trickled guitars. It has a sprinkle and essence of country life about it.
Four Year Strong – The Security of the Familiar, The Tranquility of Repetition
A stomping drum intro and melodic guitars, the new release sees the Massachusetts pop-punk band head into a more radio friendly sound. It’s a straight-up anthemic rock sound, but it doesn’t sound original or have anything to make them stand out from amongst their crowd of peers.
Niki & the Dove – DJ Ease My Mind
The new single from the Swedish electro-pop trio, is atmospheric with its wall of sound of synths, percussions and drums. Malin Dahlström’s soaring dramatic vocals add weight, drama and beauty to the experience.